Nearly 500 scientists are descending upon Washington for Humans 2 Mars Summit 2014, a three-day conference beginning Tuesday (April 22) that aims to explore how to send humans to the Red Planet. Watch the webcast live here:
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- Dennis Tito's 2021 Human Mars Flyby Mission Explained: Infographic
- Mars One's Red Planet Colony Project: Gallery
- Inspiration Mars: Private Mars Voyage in 2021: Gallery
- 'Red Dragon' on Mars: Sample-Return Mission Concept with SpaceX Capsules: Images
B612 Foundation Discusses Dangers of Asteroid Strikes
The nonprofit B612 Foundation, which aims to increase awareness of the risks asteroid strikes pose to Earth, will hold a webcast press conference at 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT) to discuss the dangers of asteroids and ways to protect our planet. B612 Video: Asteroid Impacts on Earth More Powerful than Nuclear Bomb You can watch the briefing in the window below:
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From B612: "In a special Earth Day program on April 22, Seattle’s Museum of Flight will host three prominent US Astronauts supporting the B612 Foundation for a press conference which will unveil a new video showing the surprising number of asteroid impacts on Earth during the last decade, and the even more surprising fact that we can prevent future asteroid impacts."
You can follow the press conference directly at the B612 Foundation website here: https://b612foundation.org/
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SpaceX Dragon Arrives at Space Station
The private spaceflight company SpaceX made an Easter delivery to the International Space Ship with a Dragon cargo ship on Sunday. Full Story: SpaceX Dragon Makes Easter Delivery at International Space Station / Launch Photos
The Dragon mission, which has been delayed since March due to an unrelated ground radar issue, is SpaceX's third cargo delivery flight for NASA under a $1.6 billion contract. SpaceX will fly 12 missions in all.
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Looking for Earth-like planet news? Read our Full Story here: Found! First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life
The bright planets Jupiter and Mars are shining bright in the spring night sky, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will host a live discussion on the bright planets tonight. You can watch the Observatory Nights special directly from the CfA here, or in the window below on Space.com.
From CfA: "Jupiter, the King of Planets, and Mars, the God of War, dominate the night sky this spring. These two neighboring worlds contrast each other dramatically - one small and rocky, one huge and gaseous. Learn about the differences between gas-giant and terrestrial planets, both in our solar system and beyond, from Smithsonian planetary scientist Ruth Murray-Clay in a live webcast from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics."
Background from CfA:
Observatory Nights are held at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) on the third Thursday of every month during the academic year. These talks cover a variety of timely astronomical topics. Observatory Nights take place at Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, Mass.
"They are archived on a dedicated YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-UUo6Y7fP0N41Qw7KcKtcQ
"Then-CfA director Harlow Shapley founded the 'Observatory Nights' program in 1930 in order to give the public an opportunity to learn about astronomers’ latest discoveries and to view the cosmos through telescopes. More than 80 years later, Shapley’s prescience is confirmed and Observatory Nights are still going strong, reaching ever-wider audiences online."
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New Kepler Planet Discovery
NASA will hold a live news teleconference on Thursday, April 17, at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PT/1800 GMT) to unveil a new discover by the Kepler space telescope, which hunts alien planets beyond our solar system. Full Story: Found! First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life, Gallery
- Video: New Earth-Size Planet Could Have Water
- Earth-Size Planet Kepler-186f, a Possibly Habitable Alien World (Gallery)
- Exoplanet Kepler-186f: Earth-Size World Could Support Oceans and Life (Infographic)
From SETI Astronomer Seth Shostak:
Cousin of Earth: Planet Kepler-186f May Be Habitable for Life (Op-Ed)
5 Exoplanets Most Likely to Host Alien Life
The public can submit questions to NASA via Twitter using the hashtag #AskNASA.
Participating in NASA's press conference will be:
Douglas Hudgins, exoplanet exploration program scientist, NASA's Astrophysics Division in Washington;
Elisa Quintana, research scientist, SETI Institute at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.;
Tom Barclay, research scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at Ames;
Victoria Meadows, professor of astronomy at the University of Washington, Seattle, and principal investigator for the Virtual Planetary Laboratory, a team in the NASA Astrobiology Institute at Ames.
Related graphics for the news conference will be available here at the start of the teleconference on NASA's Kepler website: http://www.nasa.gov/kepler
You can follow the NASA teleconference live on Space.com in the window above. NASA is also inviting the public to follow along live on UStream at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-arc and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2.
Audio of the teleconference also will be streamed live at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio.
- Strange New Worlds: The Amazing Alien Planet Discoveries of 2013
- Gallery: A World of Kepler Planets
- Alien Planet Quiz: Are You an Exoplanet Expert?
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